Thursday, October 15, 2009

Book Review for 'The Murder of King Tut' by James Patterson & Martin Dugard

The Murder of King Tut is a non-fiction thriller written by James Patterson & Martin Dugard and published by Little, Brown and Company in 2009. It is the story of an extraordinary quest to discover exactly what happened to the boy-king.
This book was written from three different perspectives. Patterson and Dugard performed extensive research combing through tons of evidence and data to link details of the young ruler's life with the hopes of determining whether his death was an accident or something else. Dugard spent many weeks in Egypt, researching first-hand the life and death of Tut in hopes of uncovering information that could be used in determining his actual fate.
They studied the journals of Howard Carter, the Egyptologist who discovered Tut's tomb, and they chronicled the story of the find as Carter perceived it, from the time he was just starting out in his work, until after the tomb of Tut was finally discovered.
Patterson and Dugard also told the historical story of the boy-king from his beginnings as the illegitimate son of Amenhotep the Magnificent, to his life while being raised by Queen Nefertiti after his father's death. Tut and his step-mother ruled Egypt together until Tut took his half-sister, Ankhesenpaaten, as his wife in order to ascend to King.
These three tales are interwoven in a manner that permits the reader to see how life in Tut's time was lived, with all it's royal splendor, along with its mystery, deceit and betrayal. We also learn how and why Howard Carter spent so many years looking for the mysterious tomb of the ancient ruler. We see the evidence that lead many in Carter's time, to believe that Tut died of an infected broken leg. But Patterson and Dugard also show us the newer evidence that has lead many to believe now, that Tut may have fallen at the hands of a murderer who coveted his power.
The Murder of King Tut is a powerful and interesting read. Patterson took a step in a different direction with this one and the outcome will leave you wondering what fate actually befell the young King Tutankhamen. I would recommend this book to anyone who is seeking knowledge of ancient Egypt, or to anyone who just likes a excellent, fast-paced mystery. I am giving The Murder of King Tut a 4-spider rating and I hope you will pick it up and enter the mysterious and unknown world of the Valley of the Kings.
DJ Weaver

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